Masonic Astronauts

These intrepid rocket men, venturing where few have gone before them, are truly heroes. They are indeed, Famous Freemasons but perhaps more famous for their adventures above the horizon.

Edwin Eugene”Buzz” Aldrin – First Mason on the Moon

Col. Edwin Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin

Apollo 11

b. January 20, 1930

The second man to walk on the moon, Aldrin was the first Freemason to set foot upon the celestial globe.

Initiated at Oak Park Lodge No. 864, Montgomery, Alabama, on February 17, 1955. Passed to Fellowcraft on April 12, 1955. Raised at Lawrence N. Greenleaf Lodge, No. 169 in Denver, Colorado, on February 21, 1956.
York Rite Degrees, Waco Texas May, 1967.
Member Arabia Shrine Temple, Houston.

Aldrin under special deputation of the Grand Master of Texas, J. Guy Smith, was given authority to open a Representation of the Grand Lodge of Texas on the Moon and establish Masonic Territorial Jurisdiction there for the Grand Lodge of Texas. The deputation was carried to the moon by Aldrin on Apollo II on July 20, 1969.

Astronaut Leroy Gordon “Gordo” Cooper Jr. – Freemason

Col. Leroy Gordon “Gordo” Cooper Jr.

Project Mercury

b. March 6, 1927 – d.October 4, 2004

An American aerospace engineer, test pilot, United States Air Force pilot. Gordon was one of the original seven astronauts in Project Mercury, the first manned space program of the United States.

The first American to sleep in space, in 1965 Gordon flew as Command pilot of Gemini V

Member of Carbondale Lodge, No. 82, in Carbondale, Colorado
Honorary 33rd Degree by the Scottish Rite.

Read a remembrance on Gordo Cooper.

Donn Eisele - Freemason
Donn Eisele, Apollo 7 – Freemason

Col. Donn F. Eisele

Apollo 7

b.June 23, 1930 – d.December 2, 1987

Eisele completing eleven days in Apollo 7 orbiting earth 163 times. For the Apollo 7 missions, Eisele performed simulated transposition and docking maneuvers with the upper stage of their Saturn IB launch vehicle, and acted as navigator, taking star sightings and aligning the spacecraft’s guidance and navigation platform.

Eisele was a member of Luther B. Turner Lodge, No. 732 in Columbus, Ohio.

John Herschel Glenn, Jr

Col. John Herschel Glenn, Jr.

Mercury VI, Space Shuttle Discovery

b.July 18, 1921 – d.December 8, 2016

Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth aboard Friendship 7 on February 20, 1962, on the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission. He circled the globe three times during a flight lasting 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds.

Glenn went on to become a U.S. Senator for Ohio in 1974 serving until 1999.

In 1998, Glenn returned to space on the Space Shuttle becoming the oldest person to go into space as a Payload Specialist on Discovery’s STS-95 mission.

Glenn belongs to Concord Lodge # 688 New Concord, Ohio, and DeMolay International.

Lt. Col. Virgil “Gus” Grissom

Mercury 4 “Liberty Bell 7”, Gemini 3, Apollo 1

b. April 3, 1926 – d.January 27, 1967

The first astronauts to die inside an American spacecraft.

Grissom, piloting Liberty Bell 7 become the second American to go into space on July 21, 1961. That flight popularly known as Liberty Bell 7 was a sub-orbital flight that lasted 15 minutes and 37 seconds that nearly killed the vetran test pilot when explosive bolts prematurely detonated sinking the capsule.

On January 27, 1967 while training for what would be the first Apollo mission (AS-204) a fire was sparked in the oxygen rich capsule which killed Grissom and his two fellow Astronauts Edward White and Roger. That mision was re-dubed Apollo I in honor of the crew.

Grissom was a member of Mitchell Lodge, No. 228, Mitchell, Indiana.

James Benson Jim Irwin - Freemason
James Benson “Jim” Irwin – Freemason

Col. James Benson “Jim” Irwin

Apollo 15

b. March 17, 1930 – d.August 8, 1991

James Benson “Jim” Irwin served as Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 15, the fourth human lunar landing. He was the eighth person to walk on the Moon. As the Apollo 15 Lunar Module Pilot Irwin logged 295 hours and 11 minutes in space and 18 hours and 35 minutes of the mission time on the Moon’s surface. Irwin’s mission to the moon made one of the most important discoveries of the Apollo era, the Genesis Rock, an anorthosite rock that formed in the early stages of the solar system – about 4 billion years ago.

Irwin belonged to Tajon Lodge, No. 104, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Edgar Mitchell - Freemason
Edgar Mitchell – Freemason

Capt. Edgar Dean “Ed” Mitchell

Apollo 14

b. September 17, 1930

As the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 14, Mitchell spent nine hours working on the lunar surface in the Fra Mauro Highlands collecting almost 100 pounds of lunar samples. Mitchell’s mission was notable as it was the first use of Mobile Equipment Transporter (MET); largest payload placed in lunar orbit; longest distance traversed on foot on the lunar surface; largest payload returned from the lunar surface; longest lunar surface stay time (33 hours); longest lunar surface EVA (9 hours and 23 minutes); first use of shortened lunar orbit rendezvous techniques; first use of color TV with new vidicon tube; and first extensive orbital science period conducted during CSM solo operations.

Notable, Mitchell took the iconic photograph of Al Shepard raising the American flag on the lunar surface with Mitchell’s shadow in the frame.

Mitchell is a member of Artesia Lodge, No. 28, Artesia, New Mexico.

Capt. Walter Marty “Wally” Schirra, Jr.

Mercury 8 “Sigma 7”, Gemini VI, Apollo 7

b.March 12, 1923 – d.May 3, 2007

One of the original seven astronauts chosen for Project Mercury, Schirra flew the six-orbit, nine-hour Mercury-Atlas 8 mission on October 3, 1962, becoming the fifth American, and the ninth human, into space. In the two-man Gemini program, Schirra achieved the first space rendezvous in 1965. In 1968, Schirra commanded Apollo 7 on an 11-day low Earth orbit to test the three-man Apollo Command/Service Module.

Schirra was the first person to go into space three times, and the only person to have flown in Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo, logging a total of 295 hours and 15 minutes in space.

Schirra belonged to Canaveral Lodge, No. 339, in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Thomas Stafford – Freemason

Lt. Thomas Patten “Tom” Stafford

Gemini VII, Gemini IX-A, Apollo 10, ASTP

b. September 17, 1930

Stafford flew aboard two Gemini space flights; and in 1969 was the Commander of Apollo 10, the second manned mission to orbit the Moon and the first to fly a Lunar Module there.

In 1975, Stafford served as the Commander of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project flight, which was the first joint U.S. – Soviet space mission. He became the first Brigadier General to fly in space.

In his career, Stafford made six rendezvous in space logging in total 507 hours of space flight and until the launch of STS-94 in 1997, Stafford held the record for the briefest duration between spaceflights, at 5 months 19 days.

Stafford belongs to Western Star Lodge, No. 138, Weatherford, Oklahoma.

Paul Joseph Weitz - Freemason
Paul Joseph Weitz – Freemason

Capt. Paul Joseph Weitz

Skylab 2, Challenger (STS-6)

b. July 25, 1932

Weitz flew into space twice. First as a member of the three-man crew who flew on Skylab 2, the first manned Skylab mission. He was also commander of the STS-6 mission, the first of the Space Shuttle Challenger flights.

Weitz served as the pilot on the Skylab 2 (SL-2) mission, launched on May 25 and splashing down on June 22, 1973. On this mission, Weitz and his fellow astronauts performed extensive repairs to seriously damaged Skylab logging 672 hours and 49 minutes aboard the orbital workshop. Weitz went on to serve as the commander of the the STS-6 which was the maiden journey of space shuttle orbiter Challenger. The Challenger mission brought Weitz’s total space time to 793 hours.

Weitz is a member of Lawrence Lodge, No. 708, in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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  1. Apparently Frank Borman was in DeMolay; did he not petition a Masonic Lodge?

  2. Buzz Aldrin was Initated, Passed, and Raised in Montclair Lodge #144 in Montclair, NJ. He transferred to TX

  3. Only freemasons have claimed to walk on the moon. I say again, all 12 people who lied about walking on the moon were/are free masons. They should teach children this fact as teaching kids the contrary is child abuse.

  4. Shawn you are delusional lol you should do more research on freemasonry, they literally run this fake reality lol these men are absolutely frauds, NASA has to be one of the biggest jokes in man kind, pure nonsense lol

  5. NASA workers have even admitted to not even having the technology to get into space lol it’s a big Hollywood movie were in.

  6. Important to note that the majority of Lunar Landing Apollo astronauts were NOT Freemasons (as I see quite a few conspiracy theorists here). Cool to know that Aldrin is a mason, though!

  7. It seems that Neil Armstrong’s father has been wrongly assumed to be a Freemason, considering that the actual name of his father was Stephen Armstrong. Perhaps there was another man also named Neil Armstrong who was a Freemason who was confused with the astronaut’s father.

  8. I would also like to point out that out of the 12 men who walked on the Moon, only three were Freemasons (Stafford is among the total of 24 men to have gone to the Moon). So to say that every astronaut who walked on the Moon was (or is, as of 2020) a Freemason is wrong.

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  10. Sure, we went to the moon (something Aldrin has even denied publicly multiple times) in a cardboard box with aluminum foil that magically blasted off the moon in a shower of twinkly glitter while the same ghost that filmed them setting foot on the moon also filmed them leaving, panning up as they went, after calling Nixon on a landline with no delay in the 70’s. If you buy all that, which apparently some of you do, then you also have to buy that we lost the technology to return and noone has ever left earths lower orbit since then. This includes the space station and all of its astronauts. This is all what NASA claims. But yeah, you’re the smart ones.

  11. Neil Armstrong supposedly took a southern jurisdiction masonic flag with him to the moon, and yes he was a regular mason. Whether they actually went to the moon is another question. I personally do not believe it was anything other than an attempt to make Russia think we were more technologically advanced, and that we never went. Having worked with members of the lodge for decades, they are prone to exaggerations and in some cases schizophrenia. But they will keep a secret.

  12. Are there still people that believe we REALLY went to the moon in a rocket powered spacemobile and golfed, built a dune buggy and rode around, blasted off the moon in a little mini spacemobile, docked with the mother ship to rocket home to a safe splashdown and parades all over the world, and we did it six times in three years and NEVER WENT BACK? OK that is a very cool story, but then again so is Santa. Please grow up and help the real world solve real problems. Let it go.

  13. Masons at 33 degree and higher are devout Luciferians! They know that Lucifer is the god of Freemasonry! Just read Albert Pikes Morales and Dogma “DOUBT IT NOT!” Many below this degree are aware and making their way into the highest seats offered in Masonry! All the others are cannon fodder and are used to give Freemasonry a good name through charity and good works. The top echelon also see this as repaying karmic debt for their many crimes against humanity! Freemasonry is a disease that needs to be destroyed!

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